Outskirts Press (2014)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (03/15)
“Corryn’s Stone” is a fantasy novel by T.L. Howard. A Caudex Anima is a book of souls. It is actually composed of souls when runes are used to capture the powers of the individuals who are used to make up the book. These books are very dangerous because they can hold up to one hundred or more soul runes in them. When the presence of a particularly powerful Caudex Anima is discovered, mankind is in jeopardy, because this particular text has the souls of demi-gods who didn’t get to finish the transformation into gods. They are very powerful and hungry to complete the process and, in doing so, humanity will be destroyed. It is very dangerous for individuals to have this book in their possession because if they know how to use it, it will destroy their sanity.
When it is discovered that a man does have possession of the Caudex Anima, a group of people go on a quest to try to get it to a place where it can be contained and no longer be a threat to humanity. This quest is a very difficult one, especially since the man who holds the book is becoming insane and extremely dangerous. As the quest continues, more information is gathered and the party involved with the search truly realize the severity of their situation. Utilizing the help of other powerful beings, such as a goddess, the group continues on their way and does everything that they can to overcome the obstacles being placed in their path. They must find Corryn’s Stone, because it has the power that they need to complete their journey. It is a dangerous adventure, yet if nothing is done, there will be no future for the people.
“Corryn’s Stone” is the sequel to “The Crystal Key.” Not having read the first novel, I felt that this book was easy to follow in spite of being the second one in the series. I found myself adapting quickly to the situation and the characters involved in the story. Having enjoyed this fantasy so well, I would like to go back and read the first one. I really appreciated how well the author described the scenes and vividly brought them to life. The magical elements added a special touch that made the fantasy aspects of this story even more enjoyable. The characters are well developed and continue to evolve and grow as they learn how to handle their situation.
I definitely recommend “Corryn’s Stone” by T. L. Howard to readers who enjoy fantasy. Both young adults and full grown adults will enjoy getting caught up in this incredible tale.